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Casa Rio

$$ - $$$
Downtown
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-225-6718
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Clinton, Missouri
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were waited on immediately and served chips with salsa. The soft tacos were good. But the decor and the history of this little land mark was worth the stop!

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Thank Janet L
Woodstock, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Casa Rio is a great restaurant. It is family owned and the family were pioneers in the development of what he River Walk is today. They had vision and perseverance throughout the years. It's great to see they were one of the first business's on the River walk and they are still going strong!

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Thank denisejaner
Riviera, Texas
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food here is always good....and the prices reasonable. Love sitting outside by the water! The service is good and the wait staff friendly. Great variety on the menu as well...and the house margaritas are delicious with reasonable prices. Would recommend without hesitation. It can be a little crazy on Friday/Saturday nights!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife & I sat riverside on the Sunday evening we arrived in San Antonio. Host staff was welcoming & our waiter was attentive and helpful in choosing menu items. The rain held off during our meal, and our table right at the intersection of the main river & the eastern branch allowed us to enjoy passage of many colorful... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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278 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were seated and waited and waited and waited...no water nor chips, no menus so after 15 min, we got up and walked out. They weren't even busy. The hostess to seated us sweetly smiled as we walked out w/o asking why we were leaving. We went to another Mexican restaurant and the service was fantastic.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant sits right on the Riverwalk. Food was really good. I had enchiladas that were delicious. The staff is great and everything is done at the table including payment.

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Thank Mohamed E
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for drinks at this iconic restaurant along the famous riverwalk and weren't disappointed. We enjoyed San Antonio local brews and jalapeño margaritas while people watching. The chips were light and crispy and the salsa spicy. An enjoyable afternoon riverside!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In our first visit to the Riverwalk we wanted to eat at the oldest restaurant. Service was excellent. The spicy margaritas were tasty. The food was average Mexican. The salsa was very good

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Thank runandtravel
Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this review

Thank you! We added the spicy margarita in the past year. Glad you like it! More 

Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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102 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the oldest restaurants on the Riverwalk. Had fabulous seats right on the riverwalk with great service but the food was food chain quality at best.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We live in the northeast where there aren't too many options for Mexican food that doesn't have a bell on it so we had a great time at Casa Rio. The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. If we're ever back this way we would definitely stop in again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Description
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.


The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.


The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.


As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.

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